Per request: Quick, easy, kid friendly recipes. No food intolerances or allergies were stated so the below recipes are “standard” but you could easily substitute ingredients (if need be). I don’t normally post recipes with dairy or meat but I made an exception today. I’m a sucker for kids. :)
*I would recommend using organic poultry, grass-fed beef, almond or rice milk and gluten-free pasta. Limit the “cream of” soups as much as possible.
SLOW COOKER TURKEY BREAST
1 Turkey Breast
Place the turkey in slow cooker. Sprinkle with parsley, paprika and garlic powder.
Cover and cook on LOW 6 to 8 hours.
*Don’t add any liquid; the turkey makes its own juices.
SLOW COOKER SALSA CHICKEN
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 package reduced sodium taco seasoning
1 can reduced fat cream of mushroom soup (condensed)
*You can try not using the mushroom soup
Add chicken to slow cooker
Sprinkle taco seasoning over chicken
Pour salsa and soup over chicken
Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours
Serve with rice
*Try using half the packet of taco seasoning to reduce sodium content.
*If you are preparing for a family, you will probably want to double the recipe.
1 pound lean ground beef
1 (28 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
1 (16 ounce) package rotini pasta
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook pasta according to directions.
In a skillet, cook beef until brown over medium heat. Drain excess fat from meat.
Add spaghetti sauce and pasta to browned beef. In a three-quart casserole dish layer meat mixture, followed with the cheese, repeat.
Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes.
*You can try adding mushrooms to ground beef.
CREAMY TOMATO PASTA (My daughter’s favorite)
One box of penne Pasta
Two cans of fat-free Tomato Soup
2 ounces of milk (may need to add a little more)
8 ounces “light” herb & garlic cream cheese (you can use plain as well)
Cook pasta according to instructions. Drain well and return to pan.
Add in soup, milk and cream cheese, heating gently, stirring until hot.
BAKED CHICKEN AND RICE (My mom’s recipe)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of celery coup
1 pkg. onion soup mix
2 cups uncooked minute rice
1 can mushroom slices (optional)
4 to 6 pieces uncooked chicken breast
Mix cream of chicken and cream of celery soup, 2 cups rice, mushrooms and ½ package onion soup mix together. Spread in bottom of 9X13 inch pan. Place chicken breast on top of rice mixture. Sprinkle remaining dry onion soup mix over top of chicken. Cover with foil. Bake at 350 for 1 and ½ to 2 hours.
CHICKEN TORTELLINI CASSEROLE
1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
2 cups broccoli florets
1 jar Alfredo sauce (low-fat)
1 package (10 ounce) precooked chicken breast strips
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
Cook the tortellini according to package directions. Drain and return to pot. Add the broccoli, Alfredo sauce and chicken. Stir gently to combine. Pour into a baking dish. Top with the breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Serves four.
Below are a few more ideas that follow the Vitamin De rules. :)
Hope you have a TERRIFIC TUESDAY! :)
I remember my first encounter with olives. I was maybe 4 or 5 years old and I was at my friend’s house that lived next door. There were 4 houses that always seemed be having a watermelon party but for some reason on this specific day; olives were being served. One taste of a regular old green olive and I was hooked. I continued to eat the entire jar and it wasn’t long before I ran home with a bellyache. Although they made me sick (on that particular day), it didn’t ruin my love for olives.
*Did you know olives are one of the oldest foods known to man?
Rich in iron, vitamin E and copper
Rich source of healthy monounsaturated fats
Good source of fiber
Help prevent heart disease
Help prevent colon cancer
Help reduce severity of asthma, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
Supposedly help decrease amount of hot flashes for women going through menopause
*Unfortunately, they can be high in sodium so don’t be tempted to eat an entire jar like I did when I was little.
The color of the olive just means:
Black (fully ripened)
Just a few different types of olives:
Mission (The black olives you see in the grocery store)
Manzanilla (Spanish green, again, the one’s you see in the grocery store)
Kalamata (Greek black olives and my favorite)
Picholine (French green olive)
Nicoise (French black olive)
Liguria (Italian black olive)
Ponentine (Italian black olive)
Gaeta (Italian black olive)
*If you don’t care about the health benefits of olives, don’t forget….you can always use them in a MARTINI. :)
Picture: Nate’s Cartoon’s blog.
My husband asked me (out of the blue) a couple of days ago, if anyone used Vegetable oil anymore? After I explained to him that this wasn’t a conversation that my friends and I had regularly, I began to think….
Does anyone use regular old Vegetable Oil anymore?
If you are still using Vegetable Oil, you may want to consider using a healthier option. Vegetable oil is one of the worst for your health. Take a look at a few alternatives.
Some oils that I use:
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sesame Oil (Supposedly good for hair and skin care as well)
*Not all oils should be used for cooking due to smoke points, which I will write about at a later date. Until then, take note of the following oils.
Some oils to cook with:
Coconut Oil (the best to cook with)
*Better yet, try cooking without using oil.
A few ways to eliminate using oil to cook:
Avoid deep-frying (at all costs!)
Use a non-stick pan (Dear Santa, I need some new non-stick pans) :)
Use spray oil if needed to prevent sticking (I’m told they even have gluten-free spray)
Sauté’ vegetables in water instead of oil (Simmer a ¼ cup of water in a pan and add veggies)
Use vegetable broth (look for the lowest sodium) in place of oil
Use wine in place of oil (I envision some of you drinking more of it than sautéing with it) :)
Now get out there and try some new oils! I’m going to try my Sesame Oil on my skin. Wish me luck!
I like straightforward information so a list that states some of the top nutritious foods is right up my alley. Tell me the best foods to eat, I’ll incorporate them into my diet and I’m good to go. Here are 10 superfoods I try to eat on a regular basis.
Superfood: a natural food regarded as especially beneficial because of its nutrient profile or its health-protecting qualities -encycopedia.com
Avocado (guacamole, anyone?)
Beans (no, not jelly beans!)
There are plenty more superfoods available, but this is a good list to start out with and in time, I will post more.
Have a GREAT weekend everyone! :)
Okay, we need to talk. Are you sitting down? Do you drink soda or as we call it in the Midwest, pop? If so, please, please, please, PPLLEEAASSEE stop. Here’s why…
Leads to weight gain (big time!)
Has zero nutritional value (so, why drink it?)
Is acid forming (which causes heartburn and acid reflux)
Contributes to tooth decay and stained teeth
Can weaken bones
Leads to high blood pressure
Can cause insomnia and other sleeping disorders
Can cause higher risk of cancer
Doubles the risk of kidney disease
Promotes kidney stones
May deplete potassium
Can damage your skin
Can lead to blood sugar disorders
-I know what you’re thinking (sometimes, my psychic powers amaze me), that you don’t have to worry because you drink diet soda, right? Wrong.
Has the same acidic effect as regular soda
Has been found to increase the possibility of weight gain by 41%
Have artificial sweeteners that can lead to serious health issues (read below)
Aspartame may cause:
Short-term memory loss
Effects on hormone production
Inability to concentrate
Depression, irritability and moodiness
*Aspartame otherwise known as: NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful and Equal-Measure
IMPORTANT INFO: Cutting one pop (soda) daily from your diet eliminates about 250 calories. Assuming you make no other changes to your diet or exercise regimen, this will help you lose about a ½-lb. of body fat per week. Cutting out a two-pop-per-day habit will lead to a weight loss of 1 lb. per week. –LIVESTRONG.COM
STEPS TO STOP DRINKING SODA/POP
- Remove all the soda from your house. Give it to a neighbor that you don’t really like. j/k :)
- Substitute soda for water (flavored with lemon or lime juice, frozen fruit or a splash of organic apple juice) or green tea (you can even use a small amount of raw honey).
- Keep your water bottle close by so you never “feel” thirsty.
- Think about the money you will save from not buying soda.
- If you have children think about the example you will be setting for them.
Remember, I’m only telling you this because I love you. :)
SPICY MIXED NUTS and SEEDS
1 cup pecans
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup almonds
2 tablespoons grape seed oil
2 teaspoons chile powder
2 tablespoons agave nectar
1 teaspoon sea salt
pinch of cayenne
Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spread ingredients on a large cookie sheet, in a single layer. Bake until roasted, stir once during the baking process. Cook around 20-25 minutes. Cool and store in an airtight container. They store for several weeks.
GREAT recipe for the upcoming holidays! Since I love pecans and walnuts, I’m going to try using just them in my next batch. Hope you enjoy! :)
*I apologize that I can’t remember where I found this recipe.